Down to Earth

One of the most compelling lifestyle ideas of the past two decades is that of ‘simple living’ which I have written about in a previous post https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/peregrineblue.com/452. A book that sparked my interest and has been a huge inspiration to me is this gem: Down to Earth: a guide to simple living by Rhonda Hetzel. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Rhonda practices her dream of simple living and offers practical ideas in her easy to read book.

I love her opening quote: ‘I was pulled into simple living before I knew what it was. It crept up on me using the smallest of steps and didn’t reveal its true beauty and power until I was totally hooked. I was searching for a way to live well while spending very little money. What I found was a way of life that also gave me independence, opportunity and freedom.’

Down to Earth provides excellent advice across a range of topics that include: managing finances, simplifying routines, decluttering, sustainable gardening, preserving and fermenting food, recycling, reducing waste and keeping chickens. At the back of the book is an extensive list of online resources for simple living.

Down to Earth is a book that I dip back into regularly to draw inspiration and to figure out how to try something new. I remember I wasn’t all that brave about getting chickens but when I read Rhonda’s section on ‘Keeping Chickens’ it encouraged me to take the plunge!

Down to Earth was published by Penguin Group (Australia) in 2012. Rhonda Hetzel has also written: The Simple Life and The Simple Home. You can find out more on her blog: https://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/ on her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhondahetzel/ or by tracking down her books in one of our local bookshops:

Lyttleton Stores

What a treasure trove of creativity, community and sustainable living I discovered when I visited Lyttleton Stores! It is worth taking the time to appreciate all the generosity, skill and innovation that goes into this unique venture.

Lyttleton Stores is a not for profit cooperative that operates an Atelier (for local handmade art and crafts), a Preserve (workshop space), a Pantree (for organic fresh produce), a Kitchen (for homemade products) and a Garden (organic, of course).

The Lyttleton Stores website http://www.lyttletonstores.com.au/ is a also feast of information:

  • there is a Garden Blog with loads of helpful tips
  • interesting interviews with artists and artisans
  • recipes!
  • a range of workshops to book that include: life drawing, seed propagation, spoon carving, sour dough baking, fermentation and preserving, arm knitting and bee keeping!

I am super impressed with all that Lyttleton Stores has to offer and especially because it ticks my big three: Creativity, Community and Simple Living!

You can also get a taste of Lyttleton Stores by visiting their stall at Magpie Markets in Lawson on the third Sunday of each month. There is also instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lyttletonstores/?hl=en

Lyttleton Stores is easy to find at 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe

If you are ever in Lawson treat yourself to the Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe experience! In this lovingly restored heritage home, the store and cafe combo is cosy and welcoming. Much thought has gone into every aspect of this local business that celebrates community and promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle. I love the range of innovative products and helpful books on sustainable living.

For lunch I sat in the peaceful front room and ordered a super satisfying homemade split pea soup (paired with crusty bread from Black Cockatoo Bakery http://blackcockatoobakery.com.au/). Then I had two Mexican decaf coffees. The first one was so good I couldn’t resist a second! Sustain Cafe is a winner!

Eco Mountain has a number of rooms and spaces to walk through, sit in and enjoy. At the back of the house is a playroom for kids and down in the garden is a cubby house and outdoor furniture. It is all very relaxing and just like home.

Eco Mountain is easy to find and there is plenty of parking nearby. The address is 3 Badgery Crest, Lawson. Find out more about Eco Mountain via instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eco_mountain/ and their website: http://www.ecomountain.com.au